Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The price of dodging Obamacare: Employer edition

With small employers having to comply this year with Obamacare's health insurance mandate -- stating that now even small employers have to provide full-time employees with health insurance -- it can be more difficult for some to find full-time work.  Many employers are attempting to compensate by keeping less full-time staff, but they're finding that the struggles of a mostly part-time staff aren't always worth the savings, according to this article from NPR.

Bosses Find Part-Time Workers Can Come With Full-Time Headaches

Monday, January 25, 2016

Avoid Affordable Care Act penalties!

The penalties under the Affordable Care Act for not having health insurance are going up for 2016.  Apparently the previous penalties were not enough of an incentive, because the ACA's new penalties are more than doubling.

Those without health insurance were charged $325 or 2 percent of their household incomes–whichever was higher–in 2015. That penalty will jump to $695 per adult, or 2.5 percent of their income, in 2016, according to the government.

Luckily, it's not too late to get health insurance.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Health" foods are the new diet gimmick

Anyone who knows me personally knows how annoyed I get with diet gimmicks.  Half of them are pyramid or MLM schemes, and most of them are total snake oil.  Add that to the fact that they're contributing to a distressingly unhealthy body image for many women, and you have a perfect recipe for pissing me off.

So of course I haven't missed that diet schemes are overwhelmingly being replaced with "health" foods -- supplements, diets, gimmicks, and more, oh my!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Metformin's newfound benefits

Recently the drug metformin, used to treat type 2 diabetes, has been found to have some unintended benefits.  Studies were announced months ago that found metformin protects against aging in roundworms and mice, and could even make 120 years the new human life expectancy.  They'll be doing studies on humans in the U.S. to find out if the same is true for people.

I intended to blog about it back then, but I got busy and it slipped my mind... and then this new headline popped up.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Is United pulling out of Obamacare?

A little while back I noticed a headline that United was contemplating pulling out of Obamacare due to losses in that department.  I intended to blog about it then, but forgot... until another headline about it showed in my Facebook feed today:

What would an exit by UnitedHealth Group mean for Obamacare?

This, in addition to Congress's recent attempt to axe the Affordable Care Act, has me very concerned about the future of Obamacare.  United is one of the biggest health insurers on the plan, and for people like me with a need for good health care, one of the only real choices.  It definitely won't go over well if they back out.

Monday, September 21, 2015

The challenges of eating right

Eating a healthy diet is important not only for people in general, but also for diabetics -- and especially for type 2 diabetics.  Eating right and exercising can improve or even completely reverse type 2 diabetes, so that's often the advice doctors give type 2 patients.

So what constitutes eating right?

Cutting out fast food is the first thing, of course, but increasing fruits and vegetables is also part of eating a healthier diet.  Unfortunately, new findings are telling us there aren't enough vegetables in the U.S. for us all to start eating the way we should be.

The U.S. Doesn't Have Enough Of The Vegetables We're Supposed To Eat

Friday, July 17, 2015

Taking statins or not: Dueling perspectives

I've written a lot of posts on here about the issue of diabetes, cholesterol, and taking statins.  I suppose it's a pet topic of mine.  So when I saw these two articles almost back to back (they were published a couple years apart, but I only just saw both of them the other day) I had to blog about it.

April 3, 2013: Side Effects Prompt Patients To Stop Cholesterol Drugs

July 15, 2015: When To Start Taking A Cholesterol Pill? The Decision Is Yours

The two articles provide two contrasting points of view.